Sunday 13 October 2013

Where will P.F.Chang's expand to next? Edmonton gets the nod

There are now three P.F. Chang’s  China Bistro locations in Canada: one in Toronto and two in the Montreal area. I have had the good fortunate of dining in all three –Toronto last winter, the Decarie Rue des Jockeys spot near the former Blue Bonnets a few times and the other at Carrefour Laval once. I grew to love this chain when travelling in the United States and I thank businessman Michael Aronovici and his partners for bringing the concept to our country.

P.F. Chang's is an international brand that features a unique dining experience within an elegant, contemporary and family-friendly setting.  With over 230 restaurants globally, each P.F. Chang's restaurant is a culinary journey inspired by the cuisine of the five regions of China, from Mongolia and Sichuan, to Beijing, Shanghai and Hunan.  Each restaurant also features a variety of signature cocktails and unique desserts. 

P.F. Chang's menu items are cooked-to-order in traditional Chinese woks, using only the freshest ingredients delivered to the restaurant every day.   The won ton and egg drop soups are traditional starters. But the chicken lettuce wraps remain the true signature dish. The Mongolian beef, crispy honey shrimp and chicken and double pan-fried noodles are house favorites.
The famous chicken lettuce wraps.

So where will the expansion go next? I contacted  director of operations Cary Mausner who  confirmed that the gigantic West Edmonton Mall will have one for September 2014. That is likely to be followed by Vancouver in the winter of 2015 and a second Toronto spot in the spring of 2015. Newfoundland was originally part of the plan has well, but seems to be off the table for now. As for Montreal, there is no talk now about the West Island, the South Shore of downtown joining the group.

We had an amazing dining experience at the Rue des Jockeys location on the occasion of a family member’s birthday. Our waiter, Christian, incidentally was superb and operating partner Louie Mercuri is hands on at this 280 seat two level establishment.

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